Carol's Quilting Adventures

19. Dec, 2019

This quilt was accepted for exhibition at the 2019 Auckland Quilt Symposium. It is primarily a recycle quilt with the lady's face made from teabags the background from scraps and her hat from left overs from one of Tamara's NZQA pictures. She is wrapped in an old drop sheet and was the result of a photo I took in Java of an old lady who sheltered from the rain with us in a tropical downpour

19. Dec, 2019

This quilt was made from a heap of eco dyed samples that I had played around with. I sort of broke a lot of the rules in that some samples are cotton, some are silk and some are linen. As well as the defined leaf prints there are also a few resist outlines in there. I enhanced the prints with some hand stitch and some bead work and then joined the samples together. I decided to use a close random (ie not straight) horizontal stitching for the quilting so that it had a ripple effect and the leaves sort of look like they are floating on the surface. All in all I am quite satisfied with with result. Just as well as it has been in various stages of progress for about a year.

23. Mar, 2019

The theme for the 2019 Bernini 12 x `12 inch challenge was Childhood Memories. They will be displayed in store and on their website and there will be a viewer voting facility to choose the ones that will tour round the quilt shows later this year. My photo doesn't look quite square - I don't think I was directly overhead when I took the photo but it is square. Here is the teabag base and the distressed organza water with a thread stitched Tamara making a sand cone (made from teabag dyed butter muslin)at the water's edge. I have named the quilt "At the Water's Edge" . My description tells how a visit to the beach and making sandcastles/sand cones is an intergenerational Childhood Memory and how the teabags invoke yet another memory - that of having visitors for afternoon tea and being allowed to have two goodies off the tea table as a treat. The circular figure eight quilting on the teabags symbolises the unit of our intergenerational childhood memories. I have faced this mini quilt a la Gloria Loughman's technique for facing

15. Feb, 2019

I decided the audition two of the photos below out of the final presentation. Here is Steve (with his camera) stitched with some of my favourite photos. Craig and Sarah gave me Steve's latest book for combined birthday and Christmas

18. Jan, 2019

There is Steve in the middle with the eight portraits I have thread painted around him. I laid these out on the deck to get an idea of how I might organise them. Because the concept for the quilt changed over time and I took out 2 of my own photos (both women) and accidentally replaced them with two make photos there is a gender imbalance now but I am not going to worry too much about that. It is the dignity and interest in the faces that I wanted to capture. We have so much in the west and most of these people have very little and yet there is something in their faces that transcends their plights and speaks of the greater human condition. Being able to capture those moments is Steve McCurry's gift to us and I have been honoured to be allowed to use the images in my quilt. I need to make the backing now - it will be teabags stamped and painted with gel medium so it looks like aged leather or parchment